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March 7, 2013

Arkansas Legislature Plays Dangerous Politics with Women's Health

Bill bans abortion for women after 12 weeks, making it the most severe law in the country

Washington, D.C.Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, blasted anti-choice politicians in the Arkansas legislature for overriding Gov. Mike Beebe’s (D) veto and enacting the nation’s worst anti-abortion law, banning the procedure at 12 weeks.

“This is another example of how anti-choice politicians are obsessed with rolling back reproductive rights guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision more than 40 years ago,” said Hogue. “This law robs women of control over their own lives and puts that control in the hands of politicians in Little Rock. This intrusive, extreme agenda is out of touch with our nation’s values and priorities—and we stand firmly in the opposition.”

Yesterday, the Arkansas legislature overrode the governor’s veto. This comes right after the legislature overrode Gov. Beebe’s veto of another ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Both proposals are blatantly unconstitutional, and the 12-week ban will make Arkansas the state with the harshest anti-abortion law in the country. The ban is set to take effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.

Pro-choice organizations have vowed to challenge the law. NARAL Pro-Choice America will continue to educate and engage its on-the-ground member activists on this issue.

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